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labours. Remember me affectionately to him, and assure him, that his success will always afford me the most heart. felt pleasure.
“Present my best respects to those with whom I am acquainted in your department of duty, and with love to Mrs. Allen, and my blessing to your children, believe me, your affectionate friend and father in Christ Jesus,
“ RICHARD CHANNING MOORE.”
The following additional testimony of the success attending my brother's labours, previous to his ordination, is from the pen of a respectable Layman in Loudon County.
“LEESBURG, January 4th, 1816. «« My Friend :--I learn with great satisfaction the progressive state of the different Churches in your Parish, and foster the hope, that the same laudable motive which laid their foundations, will not abate, until they are all completely finished. I have lately entertained fears, that you would not be able to accomplish the building in Charlestown; this was the report with us, which I rejoice is unfounded. Your labours in the ministry have been most highly blessed, and, I doubt not, far exceed your most sanguine expectations. Twelve months since, such a revival amongst your flock was little expected, and I might almost say, as little wished for at that time. Such was the pestiferous influence of that terrific monster vice, that it was ever on the alert to extirpate the first germ of virtue or religion. Your induction into that Parish, although attended with many obstacles which you have most successfully combatted, has proved highly propitious to the Church. You have been a chosen vessel, and highly favoured indeed in rebuilding Zion's wastes. Go on our humble prayers accompany you. May your flock daily increase, and many be brought, through the influence of the Divine Spirit, to hunger and thirst after eternal life, through the atoning blood of a Saviour, and diligently use the means to find the way, the truth, and the life, which is so fully revealed in the Gospel.
“ Affectionately your friend.” Another friend in Alexandria writes to him,—“October 29th : I need hardly pray for the Divine blessing on this, and all your other labours of love, for I am delighted to hear how fully it attends them.”
In the Convention of the Church, which was held in Richmond, in May, 1816, my brother brought forward the following resolution, which was adopted :
“Resolved, That a Common Prayer-Book and Tract Society, for the Diocess of Virginia, be formed, under the patronage of this Convention, according to the following plan.”
This Society has sent abroad into the world many means for doing good.
We also learn something further of his active movements to promote the Redeemer's cause in his own region of country, from the following, which I have in his own hand.
“SHEPHERDSTOWN, December 30, 1816. “ The Managers of the Common Prayer-Book
and Tract Society of Virginia. “Gentlemen :
-A Society has been lately formed in this county, entitled the Benevolent Society of the Parish of St. Andrew's; the first article of whose constitution is as follows:- The object of this Society is the spreading of religious knowledge and instruction, by the education of poor children, and the distribution of the Book of Common Prayer, and religious Tracts, in aid of the Common PrayerBook and Tract Society of Virginia, and by such other means as the funds may permit, and as may be deemed most useful.'
“ You will perceive, by this article, that we have taken the liberty of making ourselves your auxiliary. We know
not that you contemplated the formation of auxiliaries, but we presume you will have no objection to receive co-operation. Our intention is to supply this Parish with Tracts and Prayer-Books, which we believed we could more effectually do by organizing, than by requesting the subscription of insulated individuals to your proposals. In fact, our organization took place before your circular on the subject arrived. As your auxiliary, we shall probably request your acceptance of parcels of Tracts occasionally, such as we
“We have forwarded you, as our first fruits, one thousand copies of Beveridge on the Common Prayer. These have been forwarded by a boat to Georgetown, to the care of F. S. Key, Esq. These be pleased to accept. We would be much obliged to you, to inform us of the terms on which the Tracts of your publication may be purchased. “ Your's respectfully,
B. ALLEN, “ President of the Benevolent Society of
the Parish of St. Andrew's." By this Society, many poor children were instructed, and thousands of useful Tracts published and circulated.
All difficulties were finally removed, and in December, 1816, my brother travelled from his Parish to Richmond, and was there ordained Deacon, by the Rt. Rev. Richard Channing Moore, D. D., Bishop of the Diocess. He had officiated as Lay Reader about two years.
On his return from Richmond, he stopped in my Parish, and preached for me in the evening, after travelling, in the course of that day, about fifty miles on horse back, and part of the way through a dreadful road.
FROM HIS RECEIVING DEACON'S ORDERS IN 1816, TO THE
CLOSE OF THE YEAR 1819.
AFTER receiving Deacon's orders, my brother continued the same laborious course, and branched out into such new scenes of active benevolence, as opened up before him.
I notice the following from his brethren, soon after his ordination
“ ALEXANDRIA, January 18th, 1817. “My Dear Friend :-I trust you have received some new impulse since your ordination, and that you are going forth with renewed strength and success, in the good cause of your Divine Master. Let us, my friend, keep humble at his feet, and pray with all manner of prayer and supplication, watching thereunto, with all perseverance. God grant you his
you may keep faithful unto death. “I am, your sincere friend and brother,
“W. H. WILMER."
“ WASHINGTON, March 21st, 1817. “My Rev. Brother and Friend :-Permit me to congratulate you on your advancement to the holy office of Deacon, to which, I trust, it has pleased the Lord to appoint you, for purposes important to the interests of his Kingdom on earth, and for the bringing of many souls unto everlasting glory
“ Your faithfulness in the cause of your Lord and Master, I have no doubt, has commended you to his particular care
and protection, as it has to the good wishes and friendship of all your brethren. May the Lord continue to prosper the work of your hands, and make you still more useful in the great work before you. Your perseverance is calcu. lated to overcome all obstacles of minor importance ; and should the same discreetness continue, which has hitherto marked your conduct, you cannot fail of obtaining a complete triumph over all your enemies. With much respect and esteem, I remain your friend and brother,
- WM. HAWLEY.”
My brother was still attached to the plan of benefiting his people and the Church, by the publication of a religious periodical. He issued a prospectus for a work entitled the "Virginia Journal." From some cause, he was induced to relinquish this plan. Respecting the work, he says, “my little Journal is merely intended as a remembrancer to the people, to let them know what the Church is doing, &c.”
He was so successful in bis ministrations out of his own parish, as to induce the people of Martinsburg and vicinity, as we have already seen, to settle the Rev. Mr. Horrell among them; also, in another part of Berkeley, he laboured, till they received a Lay Reader, Mr. John L. Bryan, who, after his ordination, became their Rector.
The organization of the Benevolent Society in my brother's Parish, produced some apprehensions, lest it should interfere with the movements of the General Prayer-Book and Tract Society of the Diocess. Mr. Wilmer writes to him on this subject.—“I lament that the funds and energies of the Church should be so divided and weakened as they
You, as the mover of the resolution which established the Prayer-Book and Tract Society, were peculiarly bound to uphold that institution; but instead of this, you have formed an entirely separate plan of operations. · Is it not better to consolidate the funds ? I think you will perceive